Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome affects millions of women worldwide. While its cause is uncertain, it is a hormonal endocrine disorder which displays symptoms such as infertility, weight gain and obesity, metabolic syndrome, irregular periods, excess body hair (hirsutism), lack of periods altogether, multiple ovarian cysts and acne - this is because women with PCOS have higher levels than normal of male hormones, especially testosterone, and variable levels of prolactin, progesterone and oestrogen.
PCOS adds an increase to the likelihood of miscarriage, endometrial cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and diabetes.
Drugs are often prescribed for PCOS and side effects can be common.
There is much in the way of herbal medicine that can support a woman with PCOS
Herbs and PCOS
Herbs can be very helpful in treating PCOS. They are nutritionally rich, generally safe to use and a good option for those wanting to either avoid pharmaceuticals or use in a supportive way (although never take herbs with medications without checking with a medical herbalist or naturopath first).
There are herbs to support healthy ovarian function, hormone function, blood sugar regulation, endocrine function so, in essence, helping you to lose weight restoring regularity to periods, supporting fertility, supporting the adrenal glands and stress response and improving metabolic function overall.
Some of the herbs that we recommend for PCOS are: Licorice, Chaste Tree, Gymnema, and Schisandra. A great mix here would be the Puraty Slim down tea and the newly released PMT tea. You might also consider liver support herbs such as those contained in our Liver Detox tea
PCOS Diet Guidelines
Diet and lifestyle changes are also important in the treatment of PCOS – please see below for a few ideas you might like to try.